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Benefits of Chinese Confinement Meals

Confinement period refers to the post natal care within the first month after child birth. The new mother is confined for rejuvenation of strength and vitality in order to prevent her from acquiring certain ailments like rheumatism or premature ageing. During the confinement period, the new mother is provided with specialized food intended to enhance her body for milk production.

Confinement food recipes are composed of ingredients that are regarded by Chinese tradition as beneficial to refurbishing the body of a new mother with energy and nutrients. The following are confinement food ingredients with their health benefits:

Black Vinegar – known for its therapeutic ability as it purifies the blood and cleanses the arteries. Usually used for recipes whose main ingredient if pork.

Black Vinegar

 

Old Ginger – Believed o dispel “wind” or gas in the body. This wind was acquired by the mother after birth and if not eradicated from the body, it may lead to ailments like aches and pains or rheumatism.

Old Ginger

 

Sesame Oil – This ingredient is used for its “heaty” or warm nature. As new mothers are believed to have “wind” in their bodies and need to avoid cool stuffs, sesame seeds’ heat is good for suppressing the “wind.”

Sesame Oil

 

Black Fungus – Aids in nourishing the lungs, liver and stomach. It alleviates dryness and promotes circulation in the body.
Black Fungus

 

Chinese Wolfberry (Gou Qi) – This is consumed to promote good eyesight. It is high in antioxidant that delays ageing while improving strength and boosting energy.
Chinese Wolfberry

 

Dang Gui – (Angelica) Known as a blood tonic, this is consumed by women in order to maintain regular menstrual cycle.
Dang Gui

 

Red Dates – Usually brewed with dried longan and Chinese wolfberry to nourish the blood and to act as water substitute because water is believed to contain “wind”.
Red Dates

 

Black Bean – Rich in fibre and folate and boosts blood circulation.
Black Beans

 

Lily Flower – this is perfect for calming the nerves that were stressed out during birth.
Lily Flower

 

Dried Longan – This ingredient promotes a restful sleep as it reinforces the heart and the spleen for better blood-building functions.
Dried Longan

 

Encommiae Bark or Du Zhong – This is a calming ingredient that reduces stress and tension.
Encommiae Bark

 

Pepper – Naturally endowed with anti-bacterial benefits that cleanse the digestive tract, pepper is a great antioxidant that promotes regularly bowel movement.
Pepper

 

He Shou Wu – Popular tonic for hair nourishment. Also known as polygonum, He Shou Wu reduces post natal hair loss.
He Shou Wu

The Chinese tradition focuses on women’s health as it came out with certain confinement food recipes for the new mother to refurbish her strength and health for a longer journey to parenting.